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Outsourcing is the sub-contracting of a job or task to another party. It is the power of tapping into organized effort.
As entrepreneurs and small business owners, there are so many tasks that need to be done that there aren’t enough hours in the day for one person to get them done. Then, when you consider that most people are not good at everything, forcing yourself to “do it all”, unfortunately leads to some tasks not being done top-notch. So, either things don’t get done right or those tasks you are not good at take so long that they keep the you from doing things that would be a better use of your time and talent.
The choice for many of us comes down to: do everything yourself or outsource (or hire employees).
Here are 10 steps to outsource effectively:
1. You want to start by determining which activities drain you. You really don’t want to do them, but they have to be done. So, you push through to get them done, but when you are done doing them, you have little energy left to do the things you have a passion for or things you enjoy. Make a list of the things that drain you.
2. Now, think about the things you really should be doing to take your business to the next level, but you have been neglecting doing them. Make a list of those things. This list may include SEO, writing, video design, research or marketing outsourcing.
3. Take both those lists. These lists are very powerful. These are the activities you should be outsourcing.
4. You will want to careful think through the main tasks you need performed and any deadlines. It’s a good idea to write out all the steps involved. The good news is that you will only have to do this once from scratch. Then you’ll want to revisit your process for improvements later.
5. Determine whether you want to hire full-time outsourcers or project-based outsources. Full-timers will continue working for you, completing assignments you request, and project outsourcers are only hired for a particular assignment. What is your budget? Will you hire someone overseas?
6. You can find outsourcers at ODesk.com, Elance.com and Fiverr.com, plus many more sites on the Internet. (I just outsourced an assignment to a project-based outsourcer using Fiverr.com. I liked it. That saved me from having to do the mindless, time-consuming job of submitting my video to all the video sites. I’ll be using him every week because my marketing plan calls for me to post a video each week.)
7. When posting the job, be sure you have:
8. You need to interview the applicants. You will be able to build a relationship with your full-timers. You want to carefully screen for someone who is passionate and eager to learn. They will become your assistants. You want to know their availability and experience. You also want to review their portfolio, read any online reviews and get a referral.
9. Always start them on a probationary period (particularly full-timers). Give them a test assignment. Also, make sure you give them an orientation and ask for daily progress reports. Use software like Dropbox.com and Google Docs to send projects to them. You can use The Jing Project to capture your computer screen as an image so you can share it instantly.
10. Use payment software to pay them. An example is Xoom. It allows you to transfer money safely while saving money on transfer fees.
The benefits of outsourcing to your business include:
1. Increased quality of work/tasks completed.
2. Time savings in having an expert complete an assignment.
3. Cost savings over hiring employees.
Concentrate on what energizes you about your business. Start having fun in your business, again.